El DeBarge says 50 Cent and Babyface stopped him from relapsing | News


Eighties R&B star El DeBarge has had a long-running battle with drugs and the law. Over the years, the 50 year old has been arrested on numerous charges such as possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of crack and other drug paraphernalia.

After cleaning up his act and staying drug-free, El made a comeback in 2010 as the unexpected highlight of the BET awards and went on to release his appropriately-named new album, Second Chance -- which ended up nominated for two Grammys. However, shortly after his second rise to success came his fall, when El had to cancel his tour just a few days before it kicked off after being checked into rehab for his drug abuse. Read more


Edvard Munch's The Scream sells for $119.9m | Art News


On Wednesday, Edvard Munch's The Scream sold for a staggering $119.9m (£74m). It was one of only four versions of the piece in existence, which many regard as the best painting overall. It is also the only one to have the original frame that was hand painted by the artist and has a poem inscribed, detailing the inspiration behind the painting. Read more


Thomas Middleton named likely co-author of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well | Culture


Over the past 150 years, not that I remember them personally, there has been a lot of speculation over the authenticity of Shakespeare and his work. The latest piece of work that is in question is, All's Well That Ends Well. Read more


'Matilda the Musical' wins record-breaking seven Olivier Awards | Theatre News

If you didn't read Roald Dahl's classic Matilda as a kid and you haven't seen the 1996 movie starring Danny DeVito, then frankly, you haven't lived! But don't worry, there's still time to reclaim your youth and get yourself up to speed. The book was adapted into a musical currently showing in the West End.

Testament to the greatness of the book and, of course, to the production of the show, Matilda the Musical walked away with a record-breaking seven honors at yesterday's Olivier Awards, the annual award show recognising excellence in professional theatre (the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Awards). Read more


'The Lion King' named highest-grossing show in Broadway History | Theatre


Who would've thought that Disney's 1994 animated movie The Lion King, which ran as a backburner whilst the making of Pocahontas took precedence, would be such a success? Don't worry if you didn't raise your hand and say "I," because according to the commentary on the Platinum Edition DVD, neither did the majority of the animators at Disney. In fact, many declined to take part and opted to work on Pocahontas, which was seen as the more prestigious of the two and more likely to be successful.

Poca-who?, you may say. With the continuing success of The Lion King and its countless awards and achievements, it's no wonder Pocahontas seems to be little more than an afterthought at this point. Read more


Recommended Reading: Chibundu Onuzo's debut novel 'The Spider King's Daughter' | Books

Author Chibundu Onuzo's first novel, The Spider King's Daughter, was published by Faber and Faber on March 15, 2012. Prior to the release, I had the pleasure of attending the Black Book Swap event, where Onuzo took part in a Q&A session and reading.

Onuzo's personal story is nothing short of amazing. Having written her first novel at the tender age of 19 and securing an agent and publisher within six months, a fact brought to light by a member of the audience, the modest author shied away from revelling in her achievements instead humbly accepting praise before moving on.

The Nigerian author talked about her upcoming release, growing up in a Lagos town and her experience of the publishing process so far, taking great pleasure in reading excerpts from her debut novel and expanding on its characters. Read more